The expertise of patients and carers is increasingly recognised as an essential component of research and no longer considered just a "nice to have".
Whether you are a patient, carer, clinician or interested bystander, my hope is that what I share in my story about living with COPD resonates with you in some way.
Whereas in the past, patients were only regarded as study "subjects", nowadays they are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare and clinical research.
Scientists spend many years collecting evidence about new health technologies to show they work and are suitable to use in people. However, showing that a health technology works is only part of the story!
It takes an average of 27 years until a new medicine can be recommended for use by pregnant women. Why is that?
Medical research requires many different steps and stakeholders. We are taking a closer look at these.